Hatchbacks still aren't all that hot in America, but hot hatchbacks have always had loyal--in some cases, nearly rabid--fans. The Ford Focus ST isn't one of them, as we Yanks missed out on the hottest generation to date the last time around, but this time, we're included in the global party. That's a very good thing.
While it's not the Focus RS, that semi-legendary hatchback that stirred the longing of many an enthusiast, particularly whenever the occasional Canadian or Mexican sighting would come along, since we were never offered that 300-horsepower (in RS500 guise, anyway) beastie here in the U.S. That's still not all that bad, however.
At 252 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 155 mph top speed (electronically limited) and 6.3 seconds to 60 mph, the Focus ST is a legitimate performance car in its own right.
Compared to its most natural competition, the very loosely related Mazdaspeed3, the Focus ST is just about as powerful, almost exactly as quick, about...
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